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Work and Sing: A History of Occupational and Labor Union Songs in the United States

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In this wide-ranging and accessible survey of American labour songs, Ronald D. Cohen chronicles the history behind the work songs of cowboys, sailors, hoboes, and others, as well as the singing culture of groups ranging from the Industrial Workers of the World to Pete Seeger’s “People’s Songs.” He discusses protest songs, the links between labour songs and the Left, the importance of labour song leaders such as Joe Glazer, labour musicals and songsters, and the folk music movement from Lead Belly and the Almanac Singers through Woody Guthrie. Ronald D. Cohen is a professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Northwest and the author of many books on radical history and folk music.

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